Louvre To Re-Open 18th-Century Galleries

When I lived in Paris, I used to haunt the Louvre’s 18th-century rooms and pretend that the Vicomte de Valmont was sitting in those chaises. The rooms have been closed to the public since 2005. Now, the museum is preparing to reopen its 18th-century galleries on June 6, after nearly a decade of renovation work. The old rooms did not meet with security standards and the installation, “stylish in the 1960s, was out-dated,” says Jannic Durand, the head of the museum’s decorative-arts department. Since when is the 18th century supposed to be up-to-the-minute?

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